A statement from NAHREP co-founder and CEO on today’s affirmative action ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

Gary Acosta, co-founder and CEO of NAHREP, addresses the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in college admissions, making a powerful statement on the setback, the importance of equal access, and the need for comprehensive changes in admissions policies


June 29, 2023

Today’s action by the US Supreme Court to eliminate affirmative action for college admissions is a setback for those that support efforts to address past discriminatory practices and ethnic wealth and prosperity gaps. With America rapidly becoming a majority-minority country, the economic well-being of our diverse communities will be directly tied to the overall prosperity of our nation.

There would be no need for affirmative action in college admissions if every young person had equal access to safe housing, healthcare, and quality educational resources during their formative years. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I hope that Harvard and other elite colleges also eliminate the practice of providing admission preferences to children of past graduates, known as legacies, and consider a complete overhaul of their admissions policies, including incorporating a new set of metrics in the admission process that look beyond grades and test scores and are more predictive of academic success.

We live in a merit-based society that rewards innovation and hard work. That is what makes America great. However, organizations like NAHREP are also committed to eliminating unnecessary barriers and creating a more level playing field where people from all backgrounds have a fair chance to succeed and prosper. Our work is far from complete and we will continue to develop products and programs that make that goal a reality.

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP®), a nonprofit 501(c)6 trade association, is dedicated to advancing sustainable homeownership for the Hispanic community in America. NAHREP has a network of over 40,000 real estate professionals and 100 local chapters nationwide, hosting several national events per year and publishing multiple industry cornerstone reports annually and multimedia content. Join us in advocating for policies that grow sustainable Latino homeownership, read our 2023 policy priorities here.

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